If you have a concessionary travel pass, you can travel on the buses within Tyne and Wear for free. This has now been extended to free bus travel to anywhere in England.
Everybody applying for the Concessionary Travel Scheme on the grounds of disability has to be initially assessed by the Social Services department of their Local Authority. Contact them for advice on what you need to take with you.
Telephone numbers are:
- Gateshead – 0191 433 2327
- Newcastle – 0191 278 8100
- North Tyneside – 0345 200 0101
- South Tyneside – 0191 427 1717
- Sunderland – 0191 520 5552
If you are eligible for a Concessionary Travel Pass, you will be given a Confirmation of Eligibility form.
You can use your pass from 9.30am and all day at weekends within Tyne & Wear. You can travel prior to 9.30am for hospital appointments, people who work or are in education for over 15 hours per week. You will be charged on the night buses.
If you have a travel pass you can travel on the Shields ferry at a reduced rate.